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World Taekwondo revokes Russia President Vladmir Putin's black belt over Ukraine attack

The Free Press Journal | 01/03/2022 06:44 PM | Click to read full article

World Taekwondo said in a statement Monday that it has withdrawn the honorary 9th dan black belt conferred to Putin in November of 2013, starting his attack on Ukraine goes against its vision of "peace is more precious than triumph" as well as its values of respect and tolerance.

The belt was given to Putin, a known sports and martial arts enthusiast, by WTF President Chungwon Choue during a 2013 visit to Seoul, South Korea, in recognition of his work in developing the sport in Russia.